At approximately 1100 acres, Up On the Hill is the largest of the Conservation Areas owned by UVLT. It stretches from Morningside Lane in Charlestown, NH to Sawyers Brook in Unity, NH with a portion of the property located in southwest Claremont. The property is actively used for agriculture and forestry. It also includes wetlands, streams, several vernal pools, and boasts fine views of Mount Ascutney across the farmland.
The Story of
Up On the Hill
Years ago, Harvey Hill’s family was living in a farmhouse on Route 12-A in Charlestown following a fire that destroyed their home and barn several miles away. The land they had left remained dear to the family, and Harvey’s father returned often to work the farm fields and manage the forest. Explaining his destination, he would say: “I’m going up on the hill.”
Eventually, Harvey came to own the land on the hill and he married Christina, who had grown up on the farm next door. They acquired adjacent land until their property encompassed over 1200 acres. In 2016, they, and Harvey’s son Scott, donated 1100 acres of their land to UVLT.
The Hill family gave UVLT a forest that is healthy and well-managed, land where we can engage and educate the public about forest stewardship. Proceeds from future timber harvests will create a management fund for the property for long-term stewardship of the land.